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Four Ways To Protect Your Teeth In the Sunshine

The sun is shining, and summer is in full swing. If you’re keen to take good care of your smile in the sunshine, here are 4 ways to protect your teeth:

  1. Avoid sugary drinks: many of us like to crack open a cool fizzy drink or a flavoured alcoholic beverage when the sun comes out. While you may enjoy the taste, your teeth won’t thank you for bathing them in sugary nectar this summer. Try and avoid sugary and acidic drinks, especially between meals. Opt for diet, sugar-free versions, or stick to water.
  2. See your dentist: on a sunny day, a dental clinic may not be top of your list of places to go, but the holidays are a great time to arrange a check-up. If you haven’t been to the dentist in the last 6-9 months, call and book an appointment today. If you’re going away, it’s hugely beneficial to arrange a check before you travel to reduce the risk of dental injuries, infections and tooth pain.
  3. Use a mouth guard for sports: summer is a time when many of us like to be more active and enjoy time outside. If you’re playing sport this summer, don’t forget to wear a mouth guard to protect your teeth. It’s a good idea to use a gum shield for sports like boxing, martial arts, cricket, rugby, hockey and lacrosse.
  4. Don’t use your teeth as a bottle opener: we’ve all been there. You’ve got friends around, you’ve bought a load of bottles of beer, but the bottle opener has disappeared. If this a familiar scenario, don’t be the person who sacrifices their smile for the good of others. Using your teeth to open a bottle could cause extensive damage.

Protecting The Future of Your Teeth with Fissure Sealant

At Advance Dental, we strongly believe that prevention is better than cure. With decay one of the most common preventable illnesses in the UK, we’re keen to promote preventative services like fissure sealant.

What is fissure sealant?

Fissure sealant treatment is a preventative measure, which is often encouraged for children. It involves placing a seal over the teeth to prevent food and bacteria getting stuck in the tiny fissures and cracks on the tooth surface. By creating a barrier, you can protect the teeth from decay and reduce the risk of cavities forming. In most cases, this treatment is used to protect the molars, which are located at the back of the mouth.

Fissure sealant treatment is simple, quick and safe. The treatment simply involves applying the sealant to the teeth and then hardening it using a curing light. The result is a protective shield, which helps to boost oral health and keep your teeth in check.

Fissure sealant treatment takes a matter of minutes and there is no pain involved.

How long do sealants last?

Sealants last for many years. If you have sealants on your teeth, your dentist will check them every time you have a routine dental check to ensure that they are still in good condition. If the sealant does become worn, it’s possible to reseal the tooth to prolong the results.

If you’re interested in preventive measures and you’d like to find out more about fissure sealants, our dentists will be happy to help.

How Advance Can Help Those with Swollen Gums

Swollen gums can be a sign of gum disease. At Advance Dental Clinic, we firmly believe that prevention is better than cure and we’re on hand to help you do everything possible to keep swollen and sore gums at bay.

What to do if you have sore, swollen gums

If you have sore or swollen gums, we strongly recommend getting in touch and booking an appointment. Inflammation can be a sign of gum disease, and the sooner this is detected and treated, the better. If you do have gum disease, you may also notice additional symptoms, such as bleeding when you brush. When you see your dentist, they will ask you a couple of questions about your symptoms and then examine your mouth.

If you have gingivitis, a mild form of gum disease, your dentist may recommend intensive cleaning, which helps to remove plaque and tartar from the mouth. It’s important to treat gingivitis because it can become more advanced. Periodontitis, or periodontal disease, is a more severe form of gum disease, which causes irreparable damage to the supportive bone tissue. This can result in the teeth coming loose and eventually falling out.

Preventing gum disease

The best ways to prevent gum disease are to practice good oral hygiene at home, to see a dentist on a regular basis and to try and limit your intake of sugary and acidic foods and drinks. It’s also really important to be aware of potential warning signs and to contact your dentist if you do have sore, swollen or bleeding gums.

If you have any questions about gum disease or you’re worried about inflamed gums, call us now.

How Fissure Sealing can Keep Your Teeth Healthier

As dentists, we strongly believe that prevention is better than cure, and we have a host of preventative tricks up our sleeves to try and keep dental diseases at bay. One service we offer is fissure sealant treatment.

What exactly is fissure sealant treatment?

Fissure sealant treatment is a preventative procedure, which involves coating the surface of the tooth to prevent food and bacteria getting trapped in the tiny crevices known as fissures. Using sealant, your dentist will create a physical barrier between the tooth surface and harmful bacteria and a net to catch food debris. These tiny cracks trap food, which can combine with bacteria and saliva to form plaque. Plaque is a stick white substance, which clings to your gum line and tooth surfaces. It is the main cause of decay and gum disease.

What happens when the teeth are sealed?

Fissure sealant treatment is a very simple, painless procedure, which can be completed quickly. Your dentist will ask you to wear protective goggles during the procedure to protect your eyes from the light source. They will clean your teeth before the tooth is dried and sealant is applied. The sealant is then distributed to cover the grooves in the tooth, and then set using a curing light. Once this is complete the tooth will be sealed and protected.

Fissure sealants are usually recommended for the molar teeth.

Will I feel anything?

The treatment is completely painless, and your teeth won’t look or feel any different afterwards. There’s absolutely nothing to worry about, and you’ll be free to go after just a few minutes.

If you’re keen to find out more, simply give us a bell or pop in and see our friendly reception team.

Did you know that Fissure Sealants can Help Your Children Keep Healthy Teeth?

At Advance Dental Clinic, we’re always keen to highlight the benefit of preventative dental treatments. We want all our patients, young and old to have beautiful, healthy smiles. If you have children, we offer a range of general dental services, including fissure sealant treatment. Prevention is always better than cure, so why not let us tell you more about fantastic fissure sealants.

About fissure sealant treatment

Fissure sealant treatment is a preventative technique, which we use to reduce the risk of children developing dental decay. On the surface of the teeth, there may be tiny cracks and pits known as fissures. These fissures can trap food and bacteria, increasing the risk of plaque forming, and cavities developing. The aim of fissure sealants is to create a barrier, which prevents anything from getting stuck in the fissures. The sealant forms a protective coating, which decreases the risk of decay and helps to keep children free from dental pain.

Fissure sealants are used routinely, and the procedure is quick and painless. The sealant is applied to the teeth at the back of the mouth. Before the tooth is sealed, the dentist will clean the mouth thoroughly. The sealant is then applied to the tooth surface. At this stage, it is in liquid form. Your dentist will then use a bright light source to set the sealant. Once the tooth has been sealed, it will be protected against harmful bacteria and there’s no risk of food getting stuck in the tiny grooves.

This treatment doesn’t involve any pain at all, and it takes minutes. Our dental team has experience in caring for children, and we do everything we can to make young patients feel relaxed, and to make the experience as fun and stress-free as possible.

If you have young children, they could benefit from fissure sealants. If you’d like to find out more or book an appointment, call us today!